Farmers key in tracking impacts of climate change on Ireland’s biodiversity

Frog spawn, a common sight in spring. Source: Pollydot (Flickr) The National Biodiversity Data Centre, based down in Co. Waterford, is inviting members of the farming community throughout Ireland to participate in a new recording scheme – Farmer’s Wildlife Calendar – Climate Tracker. The recently launched scheme aims to unravel some of the impacts that […]

Farmer Planting has declined by Almost 70% under current Forestry Programme

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that the afforestation figures show that farmer planting under the current programme has declined by 67%. “The figures make for stark reading and clearly show that farmers are disengaging from forestry, at time when we need more farmers to consider forest as a viable option as part of […]

Macra na Feirme: CAP Budget Cut Makes a Mockery of Farming and Environmental Commitments

The proposal by the EU Council to cut funding to the CAP budget has been slammed by the young farmers organisation Macra na Feirme. The proposed Multi Annual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 includes €45 Billion in cuts to CAP and Natural Resources and Environment undermining all commitments made by Member States on either environmental […]

Starting a Farm Food Business – From Fork to Farm Seminar

A seminar on ‘Starting a Food Business’ will take place in Kilkenny on Wednesday morning, 4th March. The event is organised by the Local Enterprise Office, in conjunction with Teagasc and Kilkenny Leader Partnership and runs from 10.45am – 1pm in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. The event is targeted at people interested in diversification […]

New National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said there will be a new National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020. He was speaking following a meeting of the Department of Agriculture Direct Payments Advisory Committee in Portlaoise today, which IFA attended. Richard Kennedy said it is estimated that there will be up to €3m […]

Growing Interest in Once A Day Milking

Interest in the practice of Once A Day (OAD) milking continues to grow.  The practice is sometimes considered as an option in situations where labour is in short supply, the farm layout means that cows have long walks to and from the parlour, or where reducing the number of milkings carried out is attractive from […]

10 Additional Walks Welcome Boost To Rural Areas – IFA

IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the announcement today by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring of 10 new walkways involving 238 farmers. He said the addition of the routes in the National Walks Scheme will increase recreational tourism in peripheral areas. “We want to see local development […]

Launch of the January 2020 Once A Day Milking Conference

Interest in the practice of Once A Day (OAD) milking continues to grow.  The practice is sometimes considered as an option in situations where labour is in short supply, the farm layout means that cows have long walks to and from the parlour, or where reducing the number of milkings carried out is attractive from […]

Teagasc National Equine Conference 14th November

Challenges and opportunities are to the forefront of this year’s Teagasc National Equine Conference which is taking place on Thursday, 14 November, at the Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick. Speaking in advance of the conference, Teagasc equine specialist Wendy Conlon said: “A variety of topics will be addressed including pre-purchase veterinary examinations, the potential role of […]

ONE HEALTH- Awareness to Action Antimicrobial and Anthelmintic Resistance Conference – Teagasc

Resistance to antimicrobials is one of the major current challenges facing the human population. It is estimated that by 2050, 10 million people will die annually due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) unless major steps are immediately taken to reduce antimicrobial usage. A major scientific conference, ONE HEALTH – Awareness to Action, Antimicrobial and Anthelmintic Resistance […]

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